By NICHOLAS SAKELARIS | CoServ
Children come to the Cumberland Presbyterian Children’s Home in Denton at their worst, typically after being removed from their parents because of abuse or neglect.
They’re scared and usually don’t want to be there.
The hard work the 41 Cumberland employees do requires patience and an unending wellspring of love and care. The facility provides safe housing, clothing, nutritious meals, medical and psychiatric care and life-skills training. Currently 26 children live there; they range between 11 and 17 years of age. On the other end of the campus, seven families currently live in the duplexes reserved for single parents.
Cumberland's focus is on helping the children and single parents get their lives back together – not on buying new computer equipment.
CoServ jumped in to fulfill this need, awarding Cumberland a $9,038.33 grant Friday so they can purchase 10 computers to help the staff with case management.
“This is really critical to us because of the electronic case management system and all of the things that we’re putting in place,” said Courtney Banatoski, Cumberland's president and CEO. “It really does help us do our day-to-day job helping the families.”
The organization got its start as an orphanage in Bowling Green, Kentucky, but moved to Denton in 1932. In 2018, Cumberland Presbyterian cared for nearly 100 youths who lived on-site in the residential program, and 12 single-parent families.
Many of the children who live at Cumberland Presbyterian also have a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) volunteer who assists and guides them as they navigate the foster care system. CoServ recently awarded a $10,000 grant to CASA of Denton County to help the organization recruit new volunteers.
________________________________________________________________________________The CoServ Charitable Foundation (CCF) focuses on meeting basic human needs, promoting community vitality and supporting education. Since CCF was established in 2004, about $12 million has been distributed to worthy causes across North Texas. Funding for most of the grants comes from CoServ customers through Operation Roundup® – a program where customers “round up” their monthly utility bill to the nearest dollar. For more information about CCF, please visit CoServ.com/CCF.